Fast Facts

6,313 Student Enrollment

Fall 2019 numbers

1,215 Dual Enrollment Students

Fall 2019 Numbers

99% Job Placement Rate

2018-2019 A.A.S. & Technical Certificate Graduates

91% of students would recommend

Columbia State to a friend or family member. (2019 Community College Survey of Student Engagement)

Top 150 Community College

In 2019 and 2017, Columbia State was named as one of the top 150 community colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute. The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges. 

The Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings, and high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students.

Columbia State and 149 other community colleges were selected from a national pool of more than 1,000 public two-year colleges using publicly available data on student outcomes in three areas:

  • Performance (retention, graduation rates including transfers, and degrees and certificates per 100 full-time equivalent students)
  • Improvement (awarded for steady improvement in each performance metric over time)
  • Equity (evidence of strong completion outcomes for minority and low-income students) 

2019-2020 Degrees & Certificates Awarded

1011 Total Degrees & Certificates

646 Associate Degrees

215 Associate of Applied Science Degrees

150 Technical Certificates

AACC Awards of Excellence

2020, 2018 & 2014 AACC Award of Excellence
in Advancing Diversity - Finalist Award

2018 AACC Award of Excellence
in Student Success - Finalist Award

2018 AACC Award of Excellence
in Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership - Finalist Award
Maury Regional Medical Center partnership

2018-2019 Licensure Pass Rates

92% Medical Laboratory Technology

(National Average: 82%)

100% Nursing

(National Average: 88%)

95% Paramedic

(National Average: 73%)

91% Respiratory Care

(National Average: 80%)

Tree Campus USA

2019, 2018 & 2017 Tree Campus USA

Columbia State was recognized as a Tree Campus USA college by the Arbor Day Foundation. Tree Campus USA is designed to award national recognition to college campuses promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.

2017 & 2013 Bellwether Award Finalist

The Bellwether is an extremely competitive recognition awarded for ‘cutting-edge, trendsetting programs that other colleges might find worthy of replicating.' The award is given by The Assembly of the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida.

Participate, Lead, Succeed: Building a Bridge to Graduation
The project was based on the Columbia State President’s Leadership Society, which targets Columbia State students early in their college career to help lay a foundation for success and serves as a graduation pipeline.

Model for aligning mission, funding and budgets.

Digital Community Colleges Survey Award

3rd Among Mid-sized Colleges

4th Among Mid-sized Colleges

7th Among Small Colleges

2013 Workforce Innovation Award
The award was given by The Council on Workforce Innovation in Tennessee and highlighted public and private partnerships that exist at Columbia State in the areas of film crew technology and healthcare programs,  as well as the emergency medical services/paramedic and engineering systems technology programs.